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Marney In The Frame For Stoke

1 December 2016

Dean Marney could get the chance to extend his ever-present record this season at Stoke City on Saturday but winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson has been ruled out of the Clarets’ trip to the Bet 365 Stadium.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Tom Heaton is rated as “touch and go” to return to action, according to Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

“We’ll give him another 24 hours and then make a decision,” said Dyche, who was without Heaton for the first time in 143 league games for last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.

Marney and Gudmundsson both went off before half-time in that game with knocks.

And while Gudmundsson has no chance of recovering in time to face Stoke, Marney – who scored a sensational first goal of the season to rock City at Turf Moor – is recovering well from a nerve problem as he looks to continue in the Clarets’ midfield.

“The physios tell me there is a bit of neuro pain, from the nerves more than the muscles, which is good news in this case,” added Dyche.

“Deano has got a decent chance of being back in amongst it.

“Johann is a definite hamstring strain. That’s just time and good treatment and looking after himself, which he will do.

“It’s a straight-forward hamstring but he won’t be ready for Saturday.”

Heaton’s run of starts, stretching back to his arrival from Bristol City in 2013, was ended by a calf injury, with Paul Robinson again set to deputise if his fellow England international isn’t passed fit to help Burnley’s bid for a first away win of the season.

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